BY JOY OFASIA
THE Seventh Day Adventist Sapphire Gospel Band vocalist Reenay Sese has described her talent and passion to sing as not an overnight sensation but rather a trade she encountered from childhood.
“For me, my passion is music and I loved to listen and sing religious [church choir] songs with my close relatives and her friends. From my childhood days until now, singing has kept me motivated.
Reenay, 20, comes from Guadalcanal and Malaita Province in the Solomon Islands and she is the sixth child in a family of seven. She is currently doing her studies at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) undertaking a diploma program in teaching secondary English and Social Studies.
She recalled that although she was passionate about singing from childhood; it was fear that held her back from exposing her talent over the past years.
“My greatest challenge is the fear of standing and singing in front of a big audience or crowd, but with the words of encouragement from my immediate family members, band manager, and supporters I have now managed to defy my problem of fear,” the Sapphire singer said.
Reenay started singing with a family singing group called the ‘Impressive Grace’. In 2016 she left the group and started singing with the Sapphire (a well-known religious singing group from the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Honiara).
She has now exposed and involved her vocal talents on special occasions such as weddings, parties, church programs, and church services.
In June of this year, Reenay is expected to accompany the Sapphire gospel band to perform live whilst on a two weeks Seventh Day Adventist Conference in Los Angeles, United States of America.
The trip will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Reenay to fulfill her vocal talent and passion as a young and local female aspiring artist on the world stage and also in front of the international religious audience.
Besides her excitement towards the trip to America, she is also aware of the challenges she has to overcome such important international religious gatherings.
“I am quite nervous since it’s my first time to perform on the international stage, however, I know that with God’s blessing, I will have the courage to stand up and sing in front of all the international guests,” she expressed.
Besides Reenay’s trip to the United States this year, she will also be traveling in April to participate in a singing concert in Australia.
“My parents, band manager and close relatives have been very supportive and respectful towards my talent and passion for singing. They are very instrumental and often strict on my vocal training.
Reenay is currently on a tight schedule of preparation for the upcoming event under the supervision of Sapphire Gospel Band Managers – Geoff and Donna Posala. She often does her singing practice at the Maranatha Hall in East Honiara.
She later encouraged girls who have the passion and talent to sing to come out with their voices and not to let fear hold them back from achieving their dreams.